Fujifilm enters 3D


The 3D effect is cool, but it’s a special effect that emphasises wow over reality. It’s not for everybody. The $600 FinePix Real 3D camera is an intriguing piece of hardware. The 10-megapixel model employs dual lenses and CCD sensors to capture and process two images and overlay them to create the 3D effect. It’s a solid chunk of camera, housed in a sturdy aluminum die-cast frame, but it’s also much bulkier than your average point and shoot. The camera yields photos in the MPO multiple image format and records video at 800-by-600 resolution at 30 frames per second.

Built-in memory

The $500 FinePix Real 3D V1 viewer is an 8-inch photo frame with an SD card slot for loading images and video (it also has 512MB of built-in memory).  The 3D photos look a bit rough on this LCD. You have to find the sweet spot to match up the image properly, and when you don’t, you’ll see plenty of blurriness and ghosting. It gave me a headache.
The final piece of the solution, lenticular printing, will launch later this month. Users of the FinePix Real 3D camera can order 3D prints online from Fujifilm’s SeeHere.com at $7 per 5-by-7 print.

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